The Gremlin And Infinity

Tech GremlinBlogging will be suspended while we try to subdue an invading tech gremlin. Damage so far is slight, the only casualty a printer. The Rifftides staff is doing everything possible to make sure that the incursion is terminated—with prejudice—and we send the troublemaker back to infinity, or wherever he came from.

In the meantime (sneaky transition), enjoy the classic Shorty Rogers recording of “Infinity Promenade.” Shelly Manne is the magician with cymbals. Soloists: Art Pepper, alto saxophone; Rogers, trumpet; Marty Paich, piano. What makes this recording, however, is not the soloists and not that repeated riff. It’s the mind-blowing double trumpet lead near the end by Conrad Gozzo and Maynard Ferguson, still a sort of gold standard for lead trumpeters.

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  1. Jim Brown says

    Yes, that shout chorus never fails to exhilarate me. It’s long been one of my very favorite big band performances. Shorty was doing some really great writing in those days, and had the cream of the crop to play on his sessions.I find myself pulling out Shorty’s 50s sessions when I want to feel good.

  2. Rob D says

    Terrific tune! I think Art Pepper is one of my “go to” guys when I want to hear something challenging. He just gives me goosebumps with the intensity he projects. Beautiful cymbal work here by Manne. I remember the story about MIles going to Maynard and trying to figure out how to play high notes. Both had their strengths as musicians and I enjoy both their contributions. That’s something I’ve learned to do when it comes to music. I am less about rating “who’s better, who’s best” and more about accepting musicians in all their variety- A lesson I should have learned earlier because I ignored many styles because I listened to the wrong people. Now I am catching up..lol

  3. James Cimarusti says

    Here’s a link to Shorty in 1959 on an educational production. He plays a couple of licks off cam and gets into some jazzspeak. Nevous, real nervous! Like dig this, man. It’s the most! Go to the 31-minute mark on the program.